Under the rules change Oregon Medical Marijuana Program cardholders or a designated caregiver will be allowed to purchase a larger amount of marijuana during a single transaction. In August 2018, after noticing suspicious purchase activity in the state’s Cannabis Tracking System, the OLCC reduced the daily purchase limit to one (1) ounce for OMMP cardholders.
The rule changes approved by the Commission take effect on December 28, 2018.
Key elements of the rules changes include:
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How does Oregon’s beverage container redemption system work? In general, a distributor charges a 10-cent deposit when it delivers beverages covered under Oregon’s Bottle Bill to a store, then the store charges a 10-cent deposit when it sells those beverages to a customer. When a customer returns the empty containers to a store or redemption center, the store pays the customer 10 cents per container, and when the store returns the empty containers to a distributor, the distributor pays 10 cents per container to the stores.
What is the refund value per container? The Oregon refund value on redeemable containers is 10 cents.
What kinds of beverages are included in Oregon’s Bottle Bill and have a 10-cent refund value? The beverages listed below have a 10-cent refund value if they are in glass, metal, or plastic bottles or cans in the following sizes:
Three liters or less (these are beverages that were included in the Bottle Bill prior to January 1, 2018):
● carbonated soft drinks
● beer and malt beverages (includes alcoholic kombucha made with malt syrup; if it is made with cane sugar it is considered to be wine and is excluded from the Bottle Bill)
From 4 ounces up to and including 1.5 liters (these beverages were added to the Bottle Bill on January 1, 2018): ● other non-alcoholic beverages (includes but is not limited to tea, coffee, juice, energy and sports drinks, and non-alcoholic kombucha) ● other alcoholic beverages (includes but is not limited to hard cider up to 8.5% alcohol by volume; excludes distilled liquor and wine) ● marijuana beverages
For more details about the beverages that were added on January 1, 2018: Bottle Bill Expansion FAQs
Medical Sales Daily Limits - OAR 845-025-2800
Date and Time:
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Oregon Liquor Control Commission
9079 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Portland, OR 97222
Presiding Officer: Bryant Haley
The Commission is currently in rulemaking to address issues surrounding the daily limits of medical marijuana. The purpose of this meeting will be to review limits and craft possible solutions.
The purpose of an advisory committee is to increase the public's involvement in the drafting and development of administrative rules.
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Recently many of our retailers received notices from the OLCC indicating that one or more over the limit sales had occurred.
The notice instructed you to correct the problem in Metrc. We have received many phone calls about what these notices means and why they were sent.
Here are the quick answers.
Why Did I Receive an Email From the OLCC?
1. The vendor that you received the product from manifested that product incorrectly in METRC.
2. OMMPOS adjustments get reported to METRC as $0 sales. An adjustment over the daily limit might have caused this letter.
How Can I Fix this Issue?
If this issue was caused by an OMMPOS adjustment
If this issue was caused by the vendor manifesting the package incorrectly,
What if I Still Have Questions?
You can contact us by phone, email or text message with questions Monday - Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM.
You can also contact the OLCC directly with questions @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of our licensees have received letters from the OLCC indicating that an over the daily limit sale may have occured. This notice appears to be an error on the part of the vendor having specified the unit weight as 6,036 grams. If you have received a letter from the OLCC please do the following:
The bulletin is part of OLCC’s compliance education. It is important that you read it, and understand it. If you don’t understand it please contact the OLCC for help.
Failure to understand and follow the information contained in this bulletin could result in an OLCC rules compliance violation affecting your ability to work or operate your business.
Bulletin CE2018-05 covers the following issues:
The full bulletin, including substantive information about how to verify test information prior to receipt of a transfer, can be found on the OLCC’s website here.
We are working on an update to inventory management and adjustments. We intend to address enforcement of sales limit in this update based on today's OLCC notice. Look out for the update late this week. Please give us a call with any questions.
We have posted the last of the major changes in the compliance update.
If you have questions about this update please give us a call. Thanks! Raja (971) 276 - 3371
The audio recording from the Rules Advisory Committee Meeting on March 7, 2018 is now available on the OLCC's website:
The Oregon Secretary of State conducted an audit of the OLCC and the Cannabis Tracking System (CTS). Below are some highlights from the audit.
"Many of the issues identified in the audit were well known to OLCC, however the work accomplished by vendors and the OLCC has created a strong knowledge base, a solid framework to build upon with IT systems that provide a greater degree of accountability and licensee oversight. Because of the major commitment of staff time, these IT systems have served the state well and at a moderate expense."
"The recreational marijuana program is still growing with more than1,200 new applications moving through our licensing approval process. Applicant interest in licensing continues to exceed expectation, cannabis supply is robust, and low consumer market prices are directly challenging illegal market sales in Oregon. As well, the recreational system’s growth in sales to people who hold medical cards shows the regulated system can play an important role in providing reliable access to medical marijuana products."
"The audit points to several data reporting compliance issues related to timely entry of data. The OLCC will be systematically issuing fines based on violations that can be proven by data recorded in the CTS system or the absence of data by failing to record it, such as not meeting a requirement to account for a marijuana crop’ moisture loss within 45 days of harvest. Further build out of CTS will provide staff the ability to be routinely alerted to this type of violation, and potentially trigger a licensee user alarm. The OLCC is exploring how modifying the IT system and requirements user the Administrative Procedures Act (APA), that protect due process, can be integrated to auto-generate citations based on compliance failures to properly and timely record data. Similar to a “speeding ticket,” with this type of sanction the accumulation of too many ticket would result in the loss of license. In the meantime, the OLCC is manually monitoring data for timely entry and analyzing it for potential action against violators."
New: Age Check Verification option will force budtenders to enter a birthdate before completing a sale. Turn this option on from your Store Settings. We have also added a number of usability updates. Please call us with any questions. Thanks, Raja (971) 276 - 3371
ODA producers and handlers, who want to sell hemp and hemp products into the OLCC market, will need to obtain an Industrial Hemp Certificate. Step-by-step instructions on how to obtain the certificate can be found here.
Bend Licensees Pass OLCC Check for Sales to Minors
Portland, OR -- The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has conducted the first of its statewide minor decoy operations to determine if marijuana license retailers are complying with state laws and OLCC regulations ensuring minors aren’t able to enter the business to purchase marijuana products.
On December 19, 2017 OLCC marijuana inspectors visited 20 marijuana retailers in central Oregon, and all of the 20 businesses visited in Bend and La Pine passed a check for prohibiting sales to a minor volunteer.
“That our licensed retailers in central Oregon scored 100 percent on refusal to sell marijuana to a minor is a sign that this segment of our regulated industry understands the importance of compliance,” said Steve Marks, Executive Director of the OLCC. “As we continue these checks I hope that this result will be reflected across the state.”
Sale of marijuana products to anyone under the age of 21 is a violation that for a first offense could result in a 10 to 30 day license suspension, or a fine of $1650, depending on whether or not the sale is intentional. Failure by a marijuana licensee, or its employee, to check a customer’s identification before the attempted purchase of a marijuana product is a violation that could result in a seven (7) day license suspension or a fine more than $1100.
During the sales checks, a minor volunteer attempts to enter a licensed marijuana retailer and/or purchase marijuana products from a licensed business to see if staff are checking ID’s correctly and refusing entry to anyone under 21. Commission inspectors supervise the minor volunteers. The volunteers carry their own legal ID that identifies them as under 21 and do not disguise their age or lie to encourage the sale of marijuana. The Oregon Driver license for a minor carries a red border around the picture with the words “Minor Until” followed by the date of his/her 21st birthday.
The OLCC tests licensed marijuana businesses throughout the year, with each licensed retailer receiving a minimum of one visit per year. The OLCC offers a free training course on how to check ID’s and identify false identification.
“This is part of our stepped up compliance and enforcement activity,” said Marks. “We’re working to make sure that all segments of our regulated market are living up to the requirements of their license, and the expectations Oregonians have that they will act responsibly and follow the law.”
The first meeting of the Oregon Cannabis Commission will be held this Friday, December 8, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. The meeting will be held in Portland.
For more information or to sign up for e-mail updates specific to the Commission, please visit the new Cannabis Commission webpage at: healthoregon.org/cannabiscommission
The Oregon Cannabis Commission was established in the 2017 legislative session through House Bill 2198
The mission of the Commission is to provide advice to the Oregon Health Authority with respect to the administration of ORS475B.400 to 475B.525; and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission with respect to the administration of ORS475B.010 to 475B.395, as those statutes pertain to registry identification cardholders and primary caregivers.
The commission is tasked with determining:
How to Enter Samples into a Cup Competition
Only Retailers can sell or give directly to the public. Producers, Processors, Wholesalers, and Labs cannot sell or gift to non-licensees.
The only compliant way for Cup Competition samples to be provided to judges is for the items to be purchased at an OLCC Retailer location. As a licensed producer or processor you can transfer items to an OLCC Retailer within Metrc, and those items can be purchased at cost by a judge or competition organizer for consumption in the judges’ or organizer’s personal residence. The retail store may charge a discounted price for the marijuana items or give it away free if the customer is an OMMP cardholder.
Most commonly, we have heard licensees say that they intend to use the “In-house Quality Control” adjustment reason in Metrc to enter samples into competition. This is not compliant. Using a licensee’s “quality control” allowance to remove product from the system and provide to individuals would be circumventing the rules and would not be a valid method of entering into a competition. Quality Control samples are intended for quality improvement purposes within a facility, not for providing free product to individuals off the licensed premises.
Any attempt to use adjustments – of any kind – in Metrc for purposes of entering samples into a cup competition would be a violation of OLCC rules.
Booths at a Cup Competition
Under Oregon law, no consumption is allowed in a public place. Any location with an OLCC liquor license would be a public place, even if the venue is specifically reserved for a cannabis event. If the location is not licensed to sell liquor, whether it is considered “public” is determined by the local jurisdiction. For more information on what is and is not allowed regarding consumption, see OLCC’s “Consumption, Gifting, and Giveaways” guide.
However, with prior approval, an OLCC licensee can set up a booth at an event and have limited amounts of marijuana items on-site for display only. The event as a whole would operate as a “promotional event” in which OLCC licensees with prior approval may participate.
More information regarding promotional events, including how to apply and how to document in Metrc can be found in bulletin CE2017-10 on OLCC’s website.
We called the OMMP to find out.
The OMMP directed us to the OLCC's Marijuana information hotline (503-872-5000).
When we called the OLCC hotline we got the following answer (paraphrased)
"Yes, this most recent legislative session did change the rules so that OMMP producers will be able to sell to OLCC Rec facilities. The rules have been updated but there are still no mechanisms in place to implement the new rules. Until we have a chance to update these mechanisms we will be operating under the old rules where OMMP is not allowed to sell to OLCC. We anticipate that we will have a chance to update this mechanisms around the beginning of the year 2018."
So, yes the rules have changed to permit OMMP Growers to sell to OLCC Dispensaries but you can't do it yet.
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Marijuana Product Transfers
No licensee may receive marijuana items from outside the licensed OLCC system
Download Bulletin CE2017-13 from the OLCC Recreational Marijuana Program website which illustrates what products can be transferred.
Each license type has specific privileges for the transfer of marijuana and marijuana products
Beginning today, August 30, 2017, every batch of usable marijuana (flower and leaves) must be tested directly for pesticides according to the Oregon Health Authority’s testing rules in order to be compliant. This includes untested product that was collected for sampling prior to August 30.
Some temporary rules regarding the sampling and testing of usable marijuana have expired, and Oregon Liquor Control Commission Recreational Marijuana Program licensees are required to follow updated OLCC and Oregon Health Authority rules.
This reminder follows an August 11, 2017 OLCC Compliance Bulletin CE2017-09 sent to Recreational Marijuana Program producer and laboratory licensees explaining the rules adjustment. The bulletin is also posted on the OLCC Recreational Marijuana Program website.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission issued an order to limit pesticide testing of usable marijuana meant for retail sale to consumers on October 3, 2016. At that time, OLCC staff found that there was insufficient lab capacity for 100% batch testing of usable marijuana for pesticides. On March 3, 2016, the Commission made a similar determination and extended temporary rules to allow for the continued practice of testing one-third of the batches.
The Commission will continue to monitor market flow and respond to any issues that arise with the expiration of the temporary rule.
If you have questions please contact the OLCC Recreational Marijuana Program at email@example.com
Yesterday the OLCC sent out an email with guidance on the requirements for labels placed on marijuana packaging. We have updated our OMMPOS labels to be in compliance with this updated guidance. You can view more information on the OLCC's packaging and labeling requirements here:
Please give us a call with any questions.
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Establishes Sharing Framework between Producers and Patients
Portland, Oregon – The Oregon Liquor Control Commission today approved rules allowing growers licensed in Oregon’s Recreational Marijuana Program to grow marijuana specifically for Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) cardholders. Under this “medical bump-up” arrangement recreational producers will be allowed to grow additional canopy above what is allowed in their OLCC license.
The new rules allow producers to enter into agreements with OMMP cardholders, however a medical cardholder can only have one assigned grower. Producers that decide to add medical bump up canopy can transfer useable marijuana to an OMMP cardholder.
If a cardholder allows, a producer may transfer excess to other cardholders and caregivers, and OMMP dispensaries and processors. All production and transfer of excess product is required to be tracked in the Cannabis Tracking System (CTS).
“This will be the first medically grown marijuana in Oregon under regulations that meet the compliance guidelines of the federal Cole Memo,” said Marvin Revoal, Acting Chair of the OLCC. “It’s important that we keep legally produced marijuana from being diverted to the illegal market, and again Oregon’s leadership shows that both medical and recreational marijuana can be regulated together.”
The OLCC already allows the sale of medical grade marijuana products by its licensed retailers and those products amount to about 14% of sales in the OLCC regulated environment. Under the bump-up rules up to 25% of the yield grown for an OMMP cardholder can be sold to OMMP processors and dispensaries.
Addressing the concern voiced by patients, doctors, and medical marijuana advocates that the three pound limit would create a medicine shortage for some patients, Commissioner Pamela Witherspoon called on the Commission to adopt an exception process for patients who need more medicine.
Steven Marks, the Commission’s Executive Director said the agency would monitor patients’ ability to obtain their medicine – especially those with serious illnesses, and act to ensure patient access to medicine either in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority, or within the OLCC’s own rulemaking authority.
“This approach strikes a balance in that it will cover the need of the majority of OMMP cardholders,” said Steven Marks, Executive Director of the OLCC. “At the same time the OLCC wants to help patients who are seriously ill be able to obtain whatever amount of cannabis-derived medicine they need to treat their illnesses and help them maintain or improve their quality of life.”
The OLCC will monitor the implementation of the bum-up canopy rules and if necessary adjust the rules as the agency learns more from producers and OMMP cardholders who participate in the bump-up program. The bump-up rules take effect on May 1, 2017.
The Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division, Oregon Medical Marijuana Program is temporarily adopting an administrative rule in chapter 333, division 7 pertaining to testing for Oregon Liquor Control Commission licensees.
The Oregon Health Authority establishes rules and standards for testing marijuana items. This rule change permits only one out of three batches per harvest lot to be tested for pesticides for OLCC licensed producer and wholesalers. This reduced testing would only be permitted until August 28, 2017 or until permanent rules are adopted.
This rulemaking is effective March 2, 2017 – August 28, 2017.
For more details, please see the full text of the rules at the following website: www.healthoregon.org/ommprules
If you have any questions or would prefer a hardcopy be sent, please contact PublicHealth.Rules@state.or.us.
Yesterday the OLCC hosted a Marijuana Update meeting. The meeting was attended by approximately 70 Producers, Processors, Wholesalers and Retailers. During the meeting the OLCC explained the breakdown of rules and responsibility between organizations like the OLCC, OHA, DOA and ODOR. After each presenter there was a question and answer session that was very enlightening.
New Licenses and License Renewals
The OLCC reports that there is a backlog in processing the various applications for licensing. During the first year the OLCC pulled inspectors from the Liquor side of affairs to make up for the backlog of applications. Now those auxiliary resources are returning to normal duty so expect a slowdown in the time that it takes to process a new or renewal application.
For those licensees who have a renewal date pending the OLCC recommends that you apply for renewal sooner rather than later. There is a critical 20-day window for renewal. If you apply for license renewal with more than 20 days left on your license, then you can continue to operate even if it takes the OLCC more than 20 days to process your license renewal, however if there is less than 20 days left before you apply for renewal then you will have to close operations after your expiration date until the OLCC is able to process your renewal. Again, apply with more than 20 days on your license and keep operating. Apply with less than 20 days on your license and shut down when your license expires until after the OLCC can process your application.
The OLCC warms that there are a lot of reporting irregularities in METRC and that they will be beginning to crack down on these errors soon with fines. The example provided was that of the producer who harvested a plant 6 months ago and never applied a tag. Please be sure to keep your METRC reporting accurate and up-to-date to avoid penalties.
TJ Sheehy of the OLCC says that pre-rolls should always be weight-based. Many dispensaries log pre-rolls as unit or combined-each in METRC but this is incorrect. All pre-rolls should be weight-based.
IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO APPLY YOUR OWN TAG OVER A VENDOR TAG. If you receive a package from a vendor and that package has a package tag you can use the METRC package tag in OMMPOS. You do not need to re-package packages received from Vendors.
The OLCC emphasized that it is the licensee’s responsibility to ensure that ALL employees of your organization are registered in METRC and that all employees who handle Marijuana possess a valid Marijuana Handler’s card.
For questions about the rules the OLCC recommends visiting WhatsLegalOregon.com
For question about how we can help you keep your dispensary compliant contact Raja (971) 276 – 3371 or visit us at http://ommpos.com
The Department of Revenue encourages you to visit its marijuana tax website for updates about impending changes to registration, return filing, and payment, particularly for businesses that have been licensed by OLCC.
Beginning on November 15, 2016 you can pay your taxes, file your quarterly returns, and more with a Revenue Online account. With a Revenue Online account, you can also:
- Set up a payment plan.
- Add a power of attorney to your account.
- Send secure messages directly to the Department of Revenue.
- Check your account balances.
Once you become licensed with the OLCC and register with the Department of Revenue, you'll receive an introductory letter with information on how to sign up for a Revenue Online account. Because Revenue Online is a secure application, you'll need to validate your account before you can access your tax information.
All businesses licensed by OLCC are required to file their tax returns with the Department of Revenue through Revenue Online, so you'll want to make sure you're registered for the site well before the January 31, 2017 tax return deadline.
If you have any questions please contact the Department of Revenue by phone at: (503) 947-2597 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Switching From Medical Marijuana Dispensary to OLCC Retail?
Tax Rate Changes, New Tax Filing Process Are Coming
The Department of Revenue wants to help the marijuana industry understand the changes in the tax collection process if they convert from operating as an Oregon Health Authority medical marijuana dispensary to a marijuana retailer in the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) regulatory environment.
Different Tax Rates for OHA Dispensaries & OLCC Retailers
Once an OLCC license becomes effective, the taxes you collect on your customers’ purchases of marijuana and marijuana products will change. The "Early Start" rate now in place for medical marijuana dispensaries is 25 percent, but the retailer rate is 17 percent. You should charge your customers the lower 17 percent rate when your OLCC license takes effect.
Filing Tax Returns – Transitioning from Dispensary to Retail
Whether you remain a Medical Marijuana Dispensary or become a Marijuana Retailer you’re still responsible for filing tax returns with the Department of Revenue.
What and how you must file depends on when you transition. If your OLCC retailer license takes effect on October 1, 2016, you should electronically file your first retail tax return for the 4th quarter of 2016 on Revenue Online. You should also file your final return as a dispensary for the 3rd quarter of 2016 using Form OR-581.
If you’re transitioning at the end of 2016 and your final day of sales as a medical marijuana dispensary is December 31, 2016, and your OLCC retail license takes effect on January 1, 2017, you should electronically file your first retail tax return for first quarter 2017 using Revenue Online, and for the dispensary’s operation for the 4th quarter of 2016 file a Form OR-581.
For any other transition scenario, you’ll be required to file two returns for the 4th quarter: one on paper for the 25-percent tax rate and one electronically on Revenue Online for the 17 percent rate.
You will want to keep detailed sales records to track when your tax rate changed, so that you can accurately file reports for the two tax rates.
Please contact the Department of Revenue at marijuanatax.DOR@oregon.gov with any questions.
The OLCC has produced a video version of its Packaging and Labeling workshop. The video, which runs about one hour, contains information on the requirements for packaging and labeling as well as the submission process to get them approved.
The video can also be directly accessed on the OLCC YouTube Channel.
The OLCC also has also updated the OLCC Approved Package List, as well as produced a short update on the packaging and labeling submission process.
Technical questions about packaging and labeling can be sent to: email@example.com
The workshops will provide:
Registration is required for the workshops:
Eugene, Lane Community College, Center for Meeting and Learning, on Monday, July 11, 2016 from 1 to 4 p.m. (Seating Available)
Ashland, Southern Oregon University, Stevenson Union, Rogue River Room on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Seating Available)
Bend, Riverhouse on the Deschutes Convention Center, on Thursday, July 14, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Seating Available)
Portland, OLCC Headquarters at 9079 SE McLoughlin Blvd. Portland, OR 97222 on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 9 a.m. & 1 p.m. sessions (NO Seating Available)
Portland, OLCC Headquarters at 9079 SE McLoughlin Blvd. Portland, OR 97222 on Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Seating Available)
Participants can register for the events here.
An OLCC Marijuana Packaging and Labeling Guide can be downloaded from the OLCC Recreational Marijuana Packaging and Labeling website.
Questions about packaging and labeling can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The OLCC has rules regarding labels. Custom product labels have to be approved by the OLCC. OMMPOS uses generic labels that do not require pre-approval from the OLCC. Use OMMPOS.com for easy compliant labels.
The OLCC has released the offical Recreational Marijuana Rules. See details below.
Oregon's Recreational Marijuana Rules, OAR 845 - Division 25, effective June 30, 2016, are now available on OLCC's website.
All licensees in Oregon’s Recreational Marijuana system are required to use the Cannabis Tracking System (CTS). Oregon law requires the CTS be used to ensure that marijuana and marijuana products grown within the licensed system do not leak out to the unregulated market.
The API allows Oregon licensees who prefer to transmit daily CTS data electronically to update the state data system without the need for additional updating by manual data entry.
We just received word today from Metrc that OMMPOS is the first licensed Point of Sale System in Oregon! To celebrate we are offering a deep discount on our service; $50 per month (regularly $150 per month). Sign up now and take advantage of this great price!